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The women's history scholar, who died June 1, grew up on a remote Australian sheep farm and later went on to write three memoirs, including True North. Conway spoke to Fresh Air in 1989, '94 and '98.
Royston is a trained composer who knows how to manipulate her materials all sorts of ways. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the music on Beautiful Liar is "sleek and sturdy" and "made to be played."
Journalist Howard Bryant discusses the history of social protest among African-American athletes. His new book, The Heritage, traces the tradition back to Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali and others.
Ethan Hawke's performance is purposefully understated in the film written and directed by Paul Schrader. At 47, Hawke has "a number of lessons in his face that he doesn't have to act," Schrader says.
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In the relaxed days of summer, critic Maureen Corrigan reflexively reaches for a mystery. This year, she's settling in with The Dime, by Kathleen Kent, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware.
Carl Zimmer wondered what secrets lurked in his genetic code — so he decided to have his genome sequenced. He writes about the implications of the study of genetics in She Has Her Mother's Laugh.
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Hernandez talks about baseball, Seinfeld and being his own "worst enemy." Critic Justin Chang reviews the horror movie Hereditary. Offerman play a middle-aged single dad in Hearts Beat Loud.
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Critic David Bianculli remembers the debut, 70 years ago this month, of two variety shows — one hosted by Berle, the other by Sullivan — that showcased the powerful impact of television.
Bourdain, who died at 61, traveled the world, sampling local cuisine and meeting people along the way. He told Fresh Air in 2016: "I'm happiest experiencing food in the most purely emotional way."
Fitzgerald's warm, yet ultra-cool voice was at the opposite pole of jazz singing from Armstrong's gravelly growl. There's absolutely no reason their voices should blend so effortlessly — but they do.
Offerman has made a career out of playing colorful cranks — most notably, Ron Swanson, the boss on NBC's Parks and Recreation. He now stars as a middle-age single dad in Hearts Beat Loud.
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Clint Watts developed online relationships with terrorists and their sympathizers in order to understand and undermine terror networks. He also researched Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections.
A new film offers a searing portrait of a family wracked by grief — and by mysterious forces. Reviewer Justin Chang says Hereditary is the most emotionally devastating horror movie he's seen in ages.
Braxton is known for his brainy compositional procedures, and the quartet he led between 1985 and 1993 was his great workshop. Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio is a two-disc showcase of their music.
A new series on AT&T's Audience Network updates the 1975 film Three Days of the Condor. Critic John Powers says Condor is an entertaining show that lacks the cultural relevance of its forerunner.
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Former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes was 24 when he saw the collapse of the first tower on 9/11. He says that moment was a "fork in the road" that eventually led to the White House.
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O'Farrill is a New Yorker of Cuban, Mexican, Jewish, African-American, German and Irish descent. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says his new album, Stranger Days, reflects O'Farrill's robust heritage.
The former first baseman played on World Series-winning teams with the Cardinals and Mets, and made a memorable appearance on Seinfeld. His new memoir is I'm Keith Hernandez.
Sedaris' new book features stories about family, aging and mortality. Maureen Corrigan reviews My Ex-Life, by Stephen McCauley. Talley felt like a misfit growing up — until he found Vogue magazine.
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Perrotta's most recent novel was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his kids grew up and moved out of the house. Originally broadcast July 31, 2017.